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Lieutenant Commander Rafael Montoya

Name Rafael Inigo Montoya

Position Chief Science Officer

Rank Lieutenant Commander


Character Information

Gender (Contact Us if incorrect or missing) Male
Species (Species/Species if Hybrid) Human/Deltan
Age 38

Physical Appearance

Height 6' 1"
Weight 220
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Physical Description (Body type, Tattoos, Facial features, Hair styles, Outfit habits and if your character has different species physical features to the norm please note them.) Tall, Dark, and Handsome.

With the added allure from his Deltan side, he is adored by women. A fact that has gotten his into trouble more than once.

Muscular and extremely fit; with penetrating, light brown eyes.

Family

Spouse None
Children None...that he knows of.
Father Martin Montoya - Human
Mother Liana Montoya - Deltan
Brother(s) Capt. Ricardo Esteban Montoya - USS Phoenix
Sister(s) Karman Montoya

Personality & Traits

General Overview (Current states of mind, mannerisms, likes and dislikes, personality quirks and traits. Include learned languages if you wish) Like his brother, Ricardo, Rafael learned at an early age how to defend himself. His father said he would probably need those skills, and he was right. During his High School years, and even at the Academy, he had to defend himself. Mainly from jealous boyfriends and the like. Even though there was four year between the brothers Rafael was always included in his big brothers activities whenever possible

As he grew he played several sports, like his brother before him. Even before high school there were expectations, and while he cared little for what others expected, he wanted to excel on his own accord and surpass his brother where he could. There was never animosity between Rico and Raf as his older brother was there encouraging him every chance he got. More times than not his brother had managed to get himself from San Francisco to make his bother competitions...and catch up with friends and former teammates. Not to mention show off his cadet uniform to all the ladies.

No sooner had Rico graduated from the Academy then it was Raf's turn to wow the folks at Star Fleet Academy, with many a question as to whether or not he was related to the Montoya that had recently graduated. Both he and his brother pursed scientific tracks while at the Academy.

Being only half Deltan he was not required to take the oath of celibacy, but was officially counseled by Starfleet to 'behave' himself.

In addition to the pheromones, Rafael is also touch empathic; giving him the ability to alleviate pain by physical contact.
Strengths & Weaknesses (Please have at least 3 of each, these can be both personality and physical. Some can be both a Strength and a Weakness depending on situation.) + Desire to help others
+ His personable nature
+ His ability to separate himself from a situation and look at multiple sides of an issue

- willing to bend the rules from time to time
- can be stubborn
Ambitions (What does your character wants to achieve at the time of joining the crew of the Pioneer.) Professionally - Complete his Doctorate, ...a Nobel Prize or the Vulcanian Scientific Legion of Honor would be nice.

Personally - Start a family
Hobbies & Interests (What activities does your character like doing while off-duty? What does your character have a passion for that may led to an activity?) Running and Weight training.

He practices: Bujinkan, Kung Fu, and Tai chi chuan.

Enjoys Horseback riding, Climbing, Hiking, Camping, Scuba Diving, Dancing, and Candlelit Dinners.

Personal History & Career (Starfleet or Civilian)

Personal History (How did your character grow up? Did your character do any civilian jobs or travel before applying to Starfleet Academy? Is your character's species a Federation member? Where did your character attend Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Schooling? Did your character live on their world or live amongst the stars? At what age did they start Starfleet Academy if they did?) During his time at the academy Raf excelled in his courses and established a tutoring session for any of his classmates that needed help, which didn't go unnoticed by his instructors, earning him a leadership commendation. However all wasn't smooth for Rafael during those years. Even though he had no shortage of possible partners; is athletic build and his Deltan heritage got him into hot water when his behavior was called into question after being accused of inappropriate behavior with an officer working at the academy. While there had only been the typical initial stages of a relationship, the fact that she was an officer was enough to seal their fate. Both received reprimands, and she was transferred, because they both “should have known better”.

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Following the Academy Rafael had applied to and been granted assignment and admission to the Vulcan Science Academy's Astronomical/Astrophysics Department where he would not only assist some of the Federation finest researchers but continue his education. Rafael's big build and broad shoulders were out of place in both the labs and in his science classes but that was nothing new for him. His time there was extremely challenging, not because he was having difficulties but because he took on a heavy course load in order to learn as much as possible. After a time several instructors counseled him that he needed to slow down. They all advised him that he could not only miss vital aspects in his attempt to do to much to fast, but that eventually his performance was going to start falling off as his body and mind could only be pushed so far. Once he backed off and was able to focus more on those subjects being presented he class rank grew rapidly and he finished his assignment a with a promotion and his Masters in his Astronomical Science.

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Rafael's first interstellar posting was on the Intrepid class USS Apache. The Chief Science officer, Dr. Emilia Jameson, a Betazoid, took him under her wing and showed him first hand that Stellar Science was more than memorizing algorithms, but that one had to think outside of the box. Under her guidance he learned that science on a starship, while occasionally routine, it could be extremely challenging.

After two years aboard the Apache he was promoted to Lieutenant. His promotion party was, even though limited to his friends, was still a big affair as he had a lot of friends. Eventually it wound down and after everyone had left Emilia was still there. They talk for hours about everything, how far he had progressed, things happening on the ship, his plans for the future, everything. As the night went on there was several awkward silences and Emilia thought it best that she call it a night. The both left the holodeck and he waled her to her quarters. They hugged but when they parted they parted slowly and hovered close nearly kissing but she stepped back putting a hand on his check and said good night. The next day was a bit hesitant but they continued to work well together even though things got uncomfortable from time to time.

During his time aboard the Apache a nurse friend fell in love with the ship's EMH, rescued the crew of another starship after it had been severely damaged in a weapons test, explored an uncharted nebula, dealt with some pirates, endured a lengthy quarantine, along with the rest of the crew, after everyone succumbed to a psychiatric infection on a deep space survey

When he received orders transferring him to another assignment Emilia didn't show up to his farewell party nor his final day of duty. He didn't see her again until he stood on the transporter to beam over to his next assignment.

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His adventures continued after he was transferred to the Akira class USS Gryphon. While on the Gryphon he tried to impress the CSO, Cmdr Richard Garza, with an predictive astrometric program he had created on the Apache but he was not impressed, at least not outwardly. Rafael learned quickly that the Gryphon's CSO was an self-aggrandizing asshat, that took credit for anything positive that happened within his department and pushed blame on others if anything went wrong. Several others had warned him that Garza had wormed his way into and maintained his good standing with the Captain and the XO, so complaints went nowhere and those that complained found themselves reassigned.

Nearly a year after joining the crew of the Gryphon he saw that his boss had published a paper based on his program. After throwing the padd across his quarters he went to sickbay and ripped Garcia up one side and down the other, directly accusing him of stealing his work to get himself published; in front of everyone.

Before he even calm down he was summoned to the Captain's ready room, where Cmdr Garza was smugly standing behind the Captain and security officers were waiting. He was given the opportunity to formally rescind his accusations or face charges. The after reading the statement he looked up at Garcia's smug expression, but Raf wasn't one to knuckle under to anyone, even if it meant his commission. After staring down the CSO, he looked to the Captain and tossed it on his desk. “I will not be blackmailed Captain. Garza stole my work to get himself published and I can prove it. I will not retract one one word I said and, with all due respect Captain if you allow the charges against me to proceed you will be the one to look like a fool.”

When the dust settled, Rafael was vindicated, thanks to Dr. Jameson and her records from the Apache. Further investigations revealed Garza's history of manipulation and he was court-martialed in disgrace.

Once the Gryphon got a new CSO things got a whole lot better.

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When Rafael was assigned to Deep Space 4, near the Romulan boarder, he didn't know what to expect. The Star Dock class station was huge with 2500 decks, and over 25 science labs and offices. Raf was put in charge of several labs on deck 125...near “Marine country”. He quickly became friends with the Marines, taking advantage of the combat oriented men and women to hone his own martial arts skills.

There were several new Romulan colonies established just across the boarder follow the destruction of Romulus and on several occasions Raf joined research teams assigned to study the astronomical impact on the region. Even though Hobus had been light years away, there would eventually be gravametic changes well beyond DS4. Raf's predictive program projected the eventual changes and their onsite research seemed to confirm that data, but only time would tell it they were right.

Through the Marine CO Rafael was brought into the inner circle of command officers on the station, participating in various gatherings and activities. It was here that Raf suggested, being an avid runner, that the station put on an annual marathon/half-marathon event as a way to boost fitness and create a little friendly competition. The run became and annual event drawing in participants from across the sector, much to the appreciation of the station's merchant's association.

In 2392 he was contacted by his brother to tell him he had volunteered for the Achilles mission, a mission that would take 70yrs to complete...he would never see his brother again. Much to his relief that particular mission was recalled shortly after it had begun, but before it was, his brother was married...to his former aid no less...and also promoted to Captain. Meeting his new sister-in-law over the comms, they all promised to plan a leave together.

About that same time Raf began a serious relationship with one of the Marines, 1st Lt. Allison Tuvan, whom he had gotten to know. For almost a year they had spared, and played together. That year she invited him to accompany her to the Marine Corps' birthday ball. The ball started off with several Marine traditions but once to pomp and circumstance was over the party began. When they woke up together they smiled at each other. Even though they both had had plenty to drink, their night together wasn't a drunken mistake and they were together until her transfer in 2394.

Life on the station fell into a boring routine following Allison's transfer; they tried to keep things going long distance but as usually happens the communication got further and further apart until they stopped altogether.

In 2395 tragedy struck the station when a terrorist organization known as Humans First, a humans only group that was plaguing stations across the Federation, struck and detonated a bomb on the promenade killing over 20, including the stations CSO, and wound over 150 with the blast. Rafael was on the on promenade in one of the shops at the time and rushed, without hesitation, into the fray. Thanks to some unofficial medic training he was able to successfully triage and treat many of the wounded before emergency medical staff could arrive. Once they took charge, he was able to realize just how bad things had actually been and how close to being a casualty he had actually been. For his action he was not only decorated but promoted to Lt. Commander and made the stations new Chief Science Officer.

About 8 months after the promotion he was reassigned

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It had been almost 20 years since the return of the USS Voyager from the Delta Quadrant and the Federation was still pouring over the data returned. To his shock one of the lead scientists researching the scientific information, T'Pran, had requested his assignment to the project. They had worked briefly together while he had been at the Vulcan Science Academy but never thought she had noticed him at all. But now he was looking over phenomena that only a few humans had ever seen.

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Service Record (From Starfleet Academy to Joining the Pioneer's Crew)(Please include the why for promotions, years, what the assignments are (Ship, station, planet base) and ages.) 2379-2382 - Star Fleet Academy - Ensign
2382-2384 - Vulcan Science Academy – LtJg (2384)
2384-2388 - USS Apache – Intrepid Class – Science Officer – Lt (2387)
2388-2391 - USS Gryphon– Akira Class – Science Officer
2391-2396 - Deep Space 4 – Science Officer/Chief Science Officer – LtCmdr (2395)
2396-2398 - Project Delta Research Project
2398-???? -